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Bathroom Cladding, Fashion, Lifestyle

Four reasons to wise up to cladding!

You’ve decided that your bathroom needs an overhaul and have chosen the furniture, fittings and colour scheme; but what about the walls?

The days of covering the bathroom walls with a lick of paint or wallpaper are over. And luckily, there’s an alternative to ceramic tiles that can give you the style you’re looking for while reducing time and cost.

What is this alternative? Cladding.

Bathroom cladding is a type of waterproof wall panel system, usually made from PVC or acrylic, and is tongue and grooved so that each panel slots into the next. It looks fantastic and will continue to look good indefinitely as it requires zero maintenance.

Here are four great reasons why you should seriously consider cladding over the more traditional decorating methods for your bathroom.

Quick and easy to install. Unlike tiles, cladding is very easy to install and there’s no messing around with grout, which we all know can be a messy and lengthy job. And while tiling creates an impressive effect, you can still achieve a tiled effect with cladding for a polished finish.

In addition, cladding can be placed in many areas throughout the bathroom including on existing wall coverings, ceilings and inside showers, which makes it easy to completely overhaul the look of your bathroom quickly.  Also, we have many styles designed to be used within the other areas of the house, for example, kitchen, dining room, study and even bedrooms.

Waterproof and insulated. Cladding is very durable and waterproof so is perfect for bathrooms, showers, cloakrooms, utility rooms and even kitchens.

It also acts as a superb insulation and sound-proofing barrier, so your bathroom will retain temperature and will keep it a lovely quiet sanctuary for you to enjoy. It helps to reduce condensation, which can be an issue in these areas of the home, reducing the risk of damp and mould; the enemy of the bathroom!

Easy clean. Bathroom cladding is exceptionally easy to clean, which is why it’s such a popular option for busy family or public bathrooms. Just wipe it down with a cloth, water and a suitable cleaning product and you’re done.

Stylish. Cladding is available in an extensive array of stunning styles, a variety of different colours that will transform your bathroom into a stylish haven that can’t be matched.

We want you to relax and enjoy your bathroom with the peace of mind that you have invested well. If you need support in selecting the right cladding, please do get in touch! 

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Five top tips when choosing your next bathroom

Your bathroom is one of the most important rooms in the house. As we increasingly seek to make the most of precious downtime, its status has been elevated and we often now renovate our bathrooms with relaxation and pampering in mind.

Here are our five tips to help you plan your next bathroom, whatever the size or budget, that makes a splash for all the right reasons.

Assess your needs. The most important thing to work out your key priorities. Think carefully about who will be using the bathroom, how often, and your likes and dislikes.

If it’s a family bathroom you may wish to factor in ample storage space or if you’re a busy couple, it may be worth considering having two basins to make getting ready less chaotic. If you use your bathroom to relax in, a freestanding bath and somewhere close by to store candles and magazines would work a treat.

Plan the layout. Don’t change the layout just for the sake of it. If it works for you, leave it.

If you do want to change the layout, it’s important that you measure your bathroom carefully and note positions of pipes, doors and windows. Do drop in to see us for advice to ensure that you maximise your space and avoid costly mistakes.

Remember storage. Storage is the key to keeping your bathroom neat and conducive for a relaxed environment. Toiletries and cleaning products rarely display well, so cupboards, recessed shelving, vanity units and cabinets should all be considered to keep clutter at bay.

Get inspired. Selecting your style will help you decide from the huge range of fittings available, as well as colour schemes, lighting, flooring, cladding and tiles are all good ways to refresh the room. Gather inspiration from interiors magazines and collate a checklist of what appeals to you, whether that’s a classic, period or a contemporary look.

Talk to friends and colleagues who’ve completed similar projects and ask them about their experience and any pitfalls they may have encountered.

Finalise your budget. Whether you have a small or large bathroom, you’ll want to get the best for your money. Deciding on a budget means you can prioritise where to spend and where to save. For example, to achieve a luxurious spa environment investing in just one beautiful piece, such as a freestanding roll top bath, and showing it off against a budget-conscious backdrop would work very well.

Following these tips will go a long way to help you refine the changes and elements to incorporate that will make a lot of difference to your bathroom and your enjoyment of it.

For more advice and guidance when choosing your next bathroom, please do  get in touch!